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Gerardo
Con Diaz
Computing and Intellectual Property
Assistant Professor, Science and Technology Studies
University of California, Davis

I am a historian of science and technology with a special interest in law and public policy, and I received a PhD in History of Science and Medicine from Yale University (2016). My first book, currently in progress, is a history of software patenting in the United States. My primary research interests stand at the intersection of the histories of technology, business, and law, but my broader interests include the history of epidemics and women, gender, and sexuality studies.

Kevin
Driscoll
Communication
Assistant Professor
Dept. of Media Studies, University of Virginia

My research concerns the popular and political cultures of networked personal computing. I'm a collector of myths and folk theories. Recently, I've been writing about modems, BBSs, Minitel, and other dial-up networks of the 1980s and 1990s.

Kera
Allen
history of computing
PhD Student
Georgia Institute of Technology

Gender and race in computing history, history of video games and personal computers, history of computer languages, and early transitions from cryptography and missile ballistics to computing

Renee
Shelby
Michael
Halvorson
Business and Economic History; History of Technology; Personal Computers
Benson Chair in Business and Economic History, Associate Professor of History
Pacific Lutheran University, Tacoma, WA

I am a business historian interested in studying PC business software, programming languages, and technology. I have a background in high technology (software development/Microsoft), publishing, and teaching business history and the history of early modern Europe (Renaissance and Reformation). My current research project relates to the origins of PC business software in the United States, c. 1975-2000. The project explores business strategy and the software development process, efforts at standardization, marketing software, and the experience of business software users and customers.

James
Sumner
Lecturer in History of Technology
Centre for the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of Manchester

James Sumner has broad interests across the history of technology and is Associate Director of the UK National Archive for the History of Computing (NAHC) at the University of Manchester. He has published on the role of the computer as icon in Britain's post-war technological trajectory, and on competing approaches to compatibility in early personal computing. He has supervised PhD research on the social history of the 1980s microcomputer boom and on the labor history of computing in the banking sector, both in British context. He is currently developing a project on how computing concepts were promoted to, and received by, non-expert audiences from the 1940s to 80s.

Sheldon
Hochheiser
Telecommunications
Corporate Historian AT&T
AT&T Archives and History Center

Bell Labs and AT&T. The convergence of computing and communications.

Jan
Müggenburg
Media Studies, History and Philosophy of Science
Research Assistant
Leuphana University Lueneburg

Jan Mueggenburg is currently working as a post doctoral research assistant at the Institute for Culture and Aesthetics of Digital Media at the Leuphana University in Lueneburg. He publishes and lectures about the history of computing, cybernetics and bionics. His P.Hd.-thesis deals with the history and epistemology of the cybernetic machines built at Heinz von Foerster‘s Biological Computer Laboratory. His latest publications include: “Der Delfin als Medium. Formation und Imagination in John C. Lillys Kommunikationsexperimenten,” Designing Thinking: Angewandte Imagination und Kreativität um 1960, ed. Claudia Mareis (Paderborn: Wilhelm Fink Verlag 2016), 187–213 and “Clean by Nature. Lively Surfaces and the Holistic-Systemic Heritage of Contemporary Bionik,” communication +1, 3 (2014): Article 9.

Salem
Elzway
History and Political Economy of Technological Development
PhD Student
University of Michigan
Shari
Wolk
PhD Candidate
New York University
Janine
Solberg
Writing Studies, Technical Communication
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Andrew
Utterson
Computers and the moving image
Assistant Professor of Screen Studies
Ithaca College

The author of 'From IBM to MGM: Cinema at the Dawn of the Digital Age' (2011, British Film Institute), with interests in media archaeology, technology and aesthetics, early digital culture, and histories of new media.

Luke
Stark
Histories of computing and behavioral science
Postdoctoral Fellow
Dartmouth College

Histories of computing and behavioral science; emotion & digital technologies; online privacy and surveillance; cultures of STEM; games studies; the philosophy of technology

Eric
Kerr
Philosophy
Research Fellow
National University of Singapore
Phoebe
Sengers
Analyzing and redesigning social implications of technology
Associate Professor
Cornell University

I use insights from cultural analysis of IT to identify and rethink the assumptions underlying technologies, to build new applications for computing, and to develop new techniques for designing and evaluating technologies. A major component of my current work is a long-term design-ethnographic and historical study of sociotechnological change in the small, traditional fishing community of Change Islands, Newfoundland, looking at how changing sociotechnical infrastructures are tied with changing orientations to time, technology, and labor.

Mai
Sugimoto
Associate professor
Faculty of Sociology, Kansai University (Osaka, Japan)

My focus is on the history of information technology in mid-20th century; computing technology, circuit analysis and switching theory, artificial intelligence. I am also interested in the information retrieval.

Peter
Collopy
History of video in relation to computing and cybernetics
Mellon Postdoctoral Research Fellow
University of Southern California

My research brings together the histories of science, technology, media, and the social movements that have made use of them, particularly in the context of the Cold War. My current project concerns how artists, scientists, and political activists used the new technology of videotape in the 1960s and 1970s, interpreting it as both a political weapon and a medium of collective human consciousness. It places this countercultural effervescence in a transnational history in which American occupations at the end of World War II facilitated the transfer of magnetic tape recording first from Germany to California and then to Japan. I also set contemporary digital media within this historical trajectory, demonstrating how ideas about the ethereality and democratizing power of electronic media emerged from engagements with earlier magnetic recording technologies and with an intellectual tradition of conceptualizing consciousness as communal rather than individual that extended from Henri Bergson to Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, Marshall McLuhan, Aldous Huxley, and Gregory Bateson.

David
Hemmendinger
Department of Computer Science, Union College, Schenectady, NY

David Hemmendinger was a co-editor of the fourth edition of the Encyclopedia of Computer Science, a project that rekindled his interest in the history of science and technology. He has taught a course on the history of computing (Babylonian tablets to tablet PCs) as well as courses on programming languages, computer architecture, and algorithms. He is the Associate Editor-in-chief of the Annals of the History of Computing, in which he has published several articles, including one on an analog computer used in the dyeing industry. His current projects include research on the early history of concurrent programming techniques. Before getting into computer science in the early 1980s, he taught philosophy and worked on the history and philosophy of science.

Brent
Jesiek
Historical and social studies of computing and engineering
Associate Professor, Engineering Education and Electrical and Computer Engineering
Purdue University

Dr. Jesiek's research interests are focused on the epistemological, social, and historical dimensions of engineering and computing, with particular emphasis on subjects related to engineering education, electrical and computer engineering, and educational technology. He also maintains active research interests related to the global and ethical dimensions of engineering education and practice.